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Electricity Employees in Uttar Pradesh to go on strike from today

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DubeyElectricity Employee unions of UP have given a call for "work boycott"  from january 1, 2009 demanding revision of their pay scales according to the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations. The pay scales of power employees were last revised 12 years before in 1996, that too, after the employees went on indefinite strike. The unions have, however, exempted those working in shifts in the transmission and generation wings of the power sector.

The Mayawati government has already implemented the pay panel's suggestions for state government employees, teachers and non-teaching staff with effect from December 1, 2008.

Blaming the management of the Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), media convener of the Power Employees’ Joint Action Committee, Shailendra Dubey said: "The management has forced us to resort to an agitation, as it was reluctant to grant us the recommendations of the Sixth Pay Commission. This, even after the categorical announcement by the energy minister on November 19 that new pay scale will be implemented the from the New Year."

"The power distribution network is under tremendous pressure due to the cold wave sweeping the state. The employees in the distribution wing of UPPCL will not attend to any fault in distribution lines and transformers on January 2 and 3," he added.

According to Dube, though the UPPCL management has completed the preliminary exercise for the revision of the pay scales, it was delaying its implementation.

The revision of the pay scales as per the Sixth Pay Commission will entail an additional non-recurring expenditure of Rs 1,600 crore on the arrears and an annual recurring expenditure of Rs 360 crore on the UPPCL, its four subsidiaries and the Uttar Pradesh Thermal Power Generation Corporation.

Source - Express News Service


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